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Sep 9, 2012 10:00am PDT
of a struggling economy. now it used to be that the democratic party was the glum party. in the 1970s and 1980s, democratic party leaders often criticized the country relentlessly for its behavior at home and abroad, for its inequities and injustices, think of civil rights and vietnam. the democrats' jeane kirkpatric said at the 1984 republican convention, always blame america first. but today, it is the republican party that often seems angry with america. >> we deserve better. >> read the best-selling books by conservatives these days, s watch fox news, or attend a tea party rally. they're filled with rage. often combined with a powerful nostalgia for an america that has gone away. ronald reagan was the essential optimist. he advocated radical change from the 1970s liberalism, but he was very comfortable with america of the 1970s. from hollywood to california in general, where he was a popular governor. reagan was said to be three parts optimism and one part nostalgia. recently the formula seems to have been inverted. in 1996, bob dole gave an astonishing speech that attacked those who believ
Sep 2, 2012 10:00am PDT
. the u.s. is essentially sitting on the bench in the current space race. will that hurt it back here on earth? >>> also, the world's great historian of the middle east, bernard lewis, on the past and future on that part of the world. >>> but first, here's my take. so i thought i would take a step away from politics, the conventions and the campaigns and look around the world. you know, the other 95% of humanity. i wanted to focus in on a story that does not get enough attention -- africa. the imf says that six of the ten fastest growing economies in 2012 are in africa. over the past decade, according to the african development bank, the number of middle-class consumers in africa, those who spend between $2 and $20 a day, has expanded 60% to 313 million. that's about the same size as the middle classes in china and india. health is improving as well. according to the world bank, one key indicator, the death rate of children under 5, is dropping dramatically. over 5% a year in ten sub-saharan countries and over 8% in kenya, rwanda, and senegal. there are even bright spots in the reduct
Sep 30, 2012 7:00am PDT
>>> for . >>> for eight years ma'am mud ahmadinejad has come to the u.s. general assembly and every time he's caused controversy, making accusations. this year was different. it was mostly platitudes about word peace but he had plenty of sharp comments in a series of interviews. his conversation with me was his final one. perhaps his final one on the world stage. you see, iran's election law says he can't rub again and elections are set for 2013. so i asked him about israeli strikes and obama's warnings. you've indicate thad yd that yo that the israeli prime minister's threats toward iran are ones you don't take very seriously, but i was wondering how seriously you take the rhetoric of the president of the united states. president obama said at the unite ed nations he was determined to prevent iran from acquiring nuclear weapons. do you regard that as a bluff? >> translator: you set forth two or three questions here. i have never used the word "bluff." when we say we do not take it seriously, we mean that it impacts -- it does not impact our policies in the slightest. iran is a vast country, is a gr
Sep 16, 2012 7:00am PDT
, the man who was national security adviser in 1979 when the u.s. embassy was taken over, zbigniew brzezinski. national security adviser. welcome, zbigniew. >> welcome. good to see you. >> do you worry about some dramatic event like in the late 1970s taking place across the world? >> not really. i think the situation today is much more complex than then. the time the muslim states in the area were relatively conservative, politically controlled, internally stable, with the exception of iran, which eventually disintegrated. but we didn't respond by plunging the region into the war and i think we have to thing of that very hard these days because the entire region is very volatile. tremendous emotions have been unleashed. and i think if we act unwisely or if for that matter israel acts unwisely, we can plunge the entire region, put it on fire and create international cons kweps sequences that will be menacing to everybody. >> do you think this danger will become a kind of snowballing, kind of cascade or as i say is it possibly going to peter out? >> well, it might peter out if nothin
Sep 23, 2012 7:00am PDT
. we'll talk about the presidential race, iran ice nuclear ambitions, the u.s. economy, the jobs problem and much more. >>> then the author who lived under a death sentence sfr iran ice ayatollah hue mayny. >>> also, romney and obama seem to agree on outsourcing they both hate, actually they should both embrace it. i'll tell you why. but first here's my take. over the last week as we watched rage in the muslim world, people have asked why it's happening and because we're in a campaign season, that question has become a political one. some republicans say it is president obama's policies that have produced this atmosphere. he has projected weakness, offered olive branches and been naive. but think about it, had president obama kept 100,000 troops occupying iraq, would that have made people in the middle east happier with america. had he given a more combative speech three years ago would that have made radical islams stay at home last week? it has as much to do with the outbreak of protests over the last two weeks. it might be instructive to recall that after the 9/11 attacks, man
Sep 30, 2012 10:00am PDT
in the world" segment. silicon valley has been a key driver of u.s. growth in the last two decades. just look at the rise of apple, google, and facebook and all the jobs and opportunities and new companies they've created. but the secret sauce behind the success might be running out. a new book called "the immigrant exodus," authored by vivek wadhwa, a former tech entrepreneur who now studies and lectures on immigration. he has fascinating findings. he says between 1995 and 2005 more than half the tech companies were founded by immigrants but when he updated his findings in 2012 he found a proportion gnat number had dropped by a fifth from 52% to 44%. that seems like a small drop but it's a ratio that should be rising, not dropping. they're now in prime position to found companies. according to the 2012 "open for business" study immigrants are twice as likely to start a business as native born americans and yet silicon valley is seeing a decline in immigrant-founded companies. silicon valley tends to be a harbinger of things to come in the national economy. immigrant companies founded nationw
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